Skip to main content

7 Childhood Games From the 90s to Be Played With Kids

Life is all about earning memories not money as it is secondary. Try to recollect the moments with your kids with your childhood games

Memories lasts forever

Memories lasts forever

Try to remember the last time you played any game with your family members. Having difficulty in recalling, the moments which can become your beautiful memories for the lifetime. But don't worry God has given all of us a possibility created out of the odds, that is lockdown. The games you will play together with your family members will formulate a bond between parents and children that can last not only for a day, a week, or even a year but will last for a lifetime. Playing games together encourages fun and entertainment for both the parents and kids to interact, outside of the burden of assignments and household chores.

We can play many games like word games, trivia games, or scheme games like chess, skilful games like Pictionary which can also be used to motivate the academic development of a child.

Playing games engages a child's important skills, comprising the trouble solving and decision making, how to have the patience to wait for your turn, to follow rules and regulations, and enhance communication skills.

Parents can also use these games as an education tool. For instance, if you are playing chess than you can explain that knights, King and Queen are our important part of history and not something originated from the angel's world.

But sometimes it can also be boredom for both the parent and kids to play board games again and again. So today I will advise all the parents to try playing games which we use to play in childhood times as it will develop a feeling of love and respect between you and your family.

1. Ludo

Ludo is one of the most common and ancient family game that people play with great fun and excitement. Ludo is a strategy game where either 2or4 players race their four tokens from start to the finish point according to the number of the dice. The board is normally square-shaped.

A strategy game

A strategy game

2. Tipi Tipi Tap

In the list of few, no sense games was one of this silly game called Tipi Tipi Top. I am sure that we all have played this game in our childhood with a buzzing song, "Tip Tipi Top what colour you want". I want yellow, and all of us would run to find that particular colour in our dress, flowers, or anything handy. Got a bubbly smile on your face, keep it there and make those smile layers more powerful and visible on your face. Try to recollect those memories and try to recapture it with your kids.

Life is very harsh many a times but sometimes we should be doing something silly to trick it.

Which colour you want

Which colour you want

3. Name Place Animal Thing

This was one of my favourite games that I remember and played considerably in my childhood days. This is a fun and exciting game where we have to write the name of any person, place, animal's name and name of anything such as a pen. One player shall give a letter such as B before counting finishes to all the players. Thereupon all should write name, place, animal and thing starting from B in a paper, the one who finishes first will stop the game. For every correct answer players get 10 points each and for every common answer 5 points each.

Get set write

Get set write

4. Hopscotch

Hopscotch is one of the classic game as it originated thousands of years ago when Roman soldiers played this game to examine their strength and speed. Children all over the world like to play the game with great fun and excitement. To play you must follow certain steps as follows

  1. Draw a hopscotch design on the ground with the help of a chalk or a stone. The squares should be largely sufficient to fit one foot and the stone does not bounce out easily from the square.
  2. We have to throw a flat stone inside the square box without bouncing out or touching the border.
  3. Keeping your one foot on each square you have to hop through the squares.
  4. When you finish the last number, pick your marker and hop in reverse order.
  5. Your goal is to complete the game with the marker on each square. The first player to finish the course emerges as a winner.
Let's revive our childhood memories

Let's revive our childhood memories


5. King Minister Thief Soldier

This game is a type of role-playing game that was a popular pastime of Indians. This game involved 4 players. The game commences on making 4chits naming King having 1000 points, Minister having 800 points, Soldier having 500 points and Thief 0 points. After folding the chits each distributed among the players, players can open the chit to find their character. The king shall ask his minister to identify the thief among the rest two players. If he guesses it correctly then his points are defended otherwise he surrender to the thief. The player with the highest score after several rounds wins the game.

Who’s the thief

Who’s the thief

Scroll to Continue

6. Dumb Charades

I am absolutely sure everyone had played this game in some period of their lives. It is one of the most simple yet entertaining games of the 90s that I know. It involves explaining either the name of a movie, a personality, phrases, or a song through acting. A person is not allowed to speak and only required to act by using facial expressions or gestures.


7. Antakshari

The word Antakshari is derived from the Sanskrit language meaning, "The game of the ending letter". The game can be played by a minimum of two players and a maximum can be endless. The first singer has to sing a song, the last letter of the song has to be sung by another singer. No songs can be repeated by anyone. The who can not sing a song in a definite counting times loses the same.



Nisha Nair04 on April 28, 2020:

Your article remind me those childhood days...Thank you for sharing this article especially this time.. This article really helpful for those who want to play with their kids in lockdown time.

Swati Khandelwal (author) from Nainital on April 27, 2020:

Sir what a surprise, i also belongs to Mathura.. Thank you for your comments

Gopal Anand on April 27, 2020:

Technology in olden days was not accessible to us in India so self developed games ise pise,kabaddi,kho,kho,gita,stapu are some of the names coming to my mind.even we in Mathura were very close to yamuna river used to go to river take bath or swim competition,in Jhansi we used to spend time on well pull water with arope tied to a bucket over apulley and get water from well and do our daily routine and the competition was how many buckets can one bring out and who is a winner.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on April 26, 2020:

Ludo, hopscotch, antakshari have revisits as we are now having more time and even getting bored with other silly things being available at home. We are in a way lucky to get some opportunity to revive the lost glory of many nostalgic creativity aspects. It is also an opportunity to giver a revisit to culture and tradition as well. A very effective article, Ms Swati.

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on April 26, 2020:

Hey Swati, nice article. Out of all the games I have played the following games during my childhood days i.e Antakshari, Hopscotch, Name Place Animal Thing, Tipi Tipi Tap, Ludo. And out of these, I have played Hopscotch and Ludo the most. You can add even carrom board in your list. Thanks for sharing.

cijini karan on April 25, 2020:

Hey reading your article i missed my childhood days......i missed myself....

Nikhil Sharma from India on April 25, 2020:

You really revived all our golden childhood memories mam. I'm proud to be a 90's child. We played almost all the games that you've mentioned here. And I completely agree, playing any kind of 90's game with your family members will not only give a fun and entertaining moments but also help us maintain a special bond that will make us stronger. I and my mom really liked playing ludo. And since last week, we've already started playing it. I'm really enjoying it. Thank you, mam, for sharing this wonderful piece of article.

Swati Khandelwal (author) from Nainital on April 25, 2020:

Thank you

Surendra Bharadwaj on April 25, 2020:

Thanks ma'am, to recall the old memories. During to reading the article, I feel that i am a kid and playing all these game as i played in my childhood time.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 25, 2020:

Ours are more like chess, checkers, scrabble, monopoly.... Oops the list is too long. This was cool to learn new games. Thank you -- we are also all into ball and water games. Not enough time in the day!

Kavita Khandelwal on April 25, 2020:

Nice article u sharing i love all these game n playing with my kids thank you

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on April 25, 2020:

Wonderful article Swati mam. Personally I used to play antakshari and Ludo with my parents and sister. And hopefully if I was in my home then also I will be enjoying these activities with them. But unfortunately I am far from them hence it is not possible for me right now. Your article have just refresh all the memories and positive Vibes that are used to be there in the past.

Varun Pathak on April 25, 2020:

What a great trip down the memory lane. Will play these games with my 6 year old.

Nupur on April 25, 2020:


Suchismita Pradhan from India on April 25, 2020:

All my childhood memories came alive after reading your article.Thanks for sharing.

Related Articles